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Everybody Loves Jeremy Lin

Jul 19, 2010, 6:52 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for jlin.jpgThe last time Harvard had a player in the NBA, the Lakers were champions — the Minneapolis Lakers. With George Mikan. Dwight Eisenhower was president and children were just getting the first polio vaccines.

Jeremy Lin could change that.

Fans at Summer League in Las Vegas loved him — he won over a crowd that had come to see John Wall play. And he has won over NBA executives.

The Los Angeles Lakers have started negotiations with his agent, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com. Lin played on the Dallas Mavericks Summer League team and is negotiations with them as well. There may be other organizations talking with him as well.

Both Dallas and Los Angeles are pretty stacked at the point guard position, Lin would not see a lot of minutes. But these are also two teams looking for affordable players who can be developed to put at the end of their rosters, and Lin could be that guy.

He’s a coach’s dream in that he just plays hard. He is fearless going to the rim. He is not a guy who is going to get by in the NBA on his athleticism, but he is a guy who has gotten everything out of the talents god gave him as anyone in Vegas.

Looks like he is at least going to get a shot in training camp. And maybe make the roster of a contender.

  1. johnmaine - Jul 19, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    Jenn Sterger is an embarrassment and disgrace to all women: http://bit.ly/9Xxf6t

  2. murrayhewitt - Jul 19, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Lin could see minutes backing up Kobe as well — you’re telling me he wouldn’t be an upgrade for Vujacic (and much, much cheaper)?

  3. James G - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Lin looks very interesting. Could be the dark horse the Lakers needed. Jordan Farmar who. And for the right price. How is his defense? I know he has speed.

  4. David - Jul 20, 2010 at 12:23 AM

    Don’t the players usually credit god for the talents? Never seen a writer do that for them.

  5. rorjr99 - Jul 20, 2010 at 1:06 AM

    I saw this kid play in the SF Pro/AM league last year. He single handedly kept his team in contention for the title in a best of three series. The team he played against had a few players in the NBDL and went head to head with a pretty dynamic guard. Mind you, the NBDL is not the NBA, but it is a notch up from Div. I. I thought he would get drubbed but he did really well… he has a high basketball IQ, can shoot well (not just the three but his mid-range was accurate), he could handle the ball and has relly good vision. I think the most impressive quality was his composure… he took some hard fouls that should/could have been technicals, had guys jarring at him and had some teammates who got shook early and never recoverd.
    It would be nice to see him make it on somewhere… I think he is a serious sleeper. Really interesting though… this guy is from the Warriors’ backyard (Palo Alto)… typical Warriors.

  6. rorjr99 - Jul 20, 2010 at 1:08 AM

    I saw this kid play in the SF Pro/AM league last year. He single handedly kept his team in contention for the title in a best of three series. The team he played against had a few players in the NBDL and went head to head with a pretty dynamic guard. Mind you, the NBDL is not the NBA, but it is a notch up from Div. I. I thought he would get drubbed but he did really well… he has a high basketball IQ, can shoot well (not just the three but his mid-range was accurate), he could handle the ball and has relly good vision. I think the most impressive quality was his composure… he took some hard fouls that should/could have been technicals, had guys jarring at him and had some teammates who got shook early and never recoverd.
    It would be nice to see him make it on somewhere… I think he is a serious sleeper. Really interesting though… this guy is from the Warriors’ backyard (Palo Alto)… typical Warriors.

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